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A Loss of Innocence at Wordsworth's "Nutting" An intimate poet, William Wordsworth assesses the association between the individual and nature. From the poem "Nutting," Wordsworth focuses on the function that innocence plays in this connection as he explains a scene that contributes to his own coming of age. Unlike a lot of his other poems, that show the capacity to experience and access character in an innocent state, "Nutting" depicts Wordsworth's inability as a young boy to completely appreciate nature, inducing him to destroy it. Addressing a young woman, most likely his sister, he writes to poem as a warning of what happens in oneself if one doesn't fully appreciate character. In his childhood, the speaker has been overly excited by duty and too tempted by the wealth that nature retains to control his desire to ruin it. His defilement of character's innocence, but instantly disturbs him, causing him to question the worth of material riches and to realize the value of nature, something which the speaker in the current now recognizes and shows from his interjections through the poem. Told to accumulate hazelnuts in the woods by the girl he works for, the youthful speaker enthusiastically sets out to meet his obligation. Revealing the child's innocence, the speaker says he leaves his house "in the eagerness of boyish hopeВ... sallying forth" (4-5). The term "eagerness" reveals his enthusiasm for the approaching job, although the term "boyish hope" highlights his young age and the purity of his "eagerness." "Sallying" adds a component of lightheartedness into the young image. Nevertheless the boy does not embark on some arbitrary trip, but leaves "with a enormous wallet o'er my shoulder slung, a nutting-crook in hand" (6-7). The childhood goes to collect haz...